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another dark hoverfly - Rhingia nasica

another dark hoverfly - Rhingia nasica
Albion, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA
September 22, 2015
This hoverfly stayed around yesterday long enough for me to get two pictures. At first I thought it was the same as , which I reported today. Now I'm not so sure. This picture was taken with flash as were the others, but the striped grey thorax doesn't come through- it just seems darker. Thank you to anyone who can straighten this out for me!

ps. I'm going to add another image - it's not much but you can at least see the shape of the abdomen through the wings.

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another dark hoverfly - Rhingia nasica another dark hoverfly - Rhingia nasica

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It is darker because it is a
It is darker because it is a male. The image shown for comparison was a female which are lighter with lighter longtitudinal stripes on the thorax.

 
So it is the male Rhingia nas
So it is the male Rhingia nasica? That's another form of dimorphism. Seem to be running into a lot of that lately!

Thanks for the explanation!

on the other hand
I figured Rhingia was a good guess for the genus since you can make out that the beak is long enough for the tip to be visible, so I searched under "Rhingia" and found this one , which does resemble the one in my picture above. Maybe this one of mine IS also Rhingia Nasica.

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Thanks Ken! Does "Aschiza" m
Thanks Ken! Does "Aschiza" mean good luck on identifying it? I've seen it fairly often now but haven't known what it meant. :-)

 
That works for me :)
I didn't have a clue either--but when you asked I felt obligated to try to find an answer. I came up with this, for what it's worth.

 
That makes sense. Thanks for
That makes sense. Thanks for taking the time to do that. :-)

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